CDT-endorsed Asemblymember Ash Kalra was elected the next CA Legislative Progressive Caucus chair.

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislative Progressive Caucus elected Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) to serve as its Chair for the 2021-2022 legislative session. He is joined by Vice Chairs, Assemblymembers Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) and Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles).

“I am honored to be elected by my colleagues to serve as chair of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus, and to help guide a strategic, thoughtful approach to advancing a compassionate, inclusive agenda for Californians—especially during an extremely challenging time that has exacerbated long-standing societal inequities,” said Assemblymember Kalra. “My colleague and Chair Emeritus Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer has honorably served our caucus during his tenure and I look forward to building on his work alongside other values-based, principled progressive legislative leaders.”

Assemblymember Kalra was first elected to the California Legislature in 2016 and is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. He has established himself as a leader on issues ranging from criminal justice reform to the environment, and has championed legislation on health care sustainability, housing affordability, growing transportation infrastructure, and expanding economic opportunity to all Californians. Assemblymember Kalra is also committed to being a corporate-free candidate by rejecting corporate PAC contributions and is a signatory to the “No Cop Money” pledge. He is the first Indian-American to serve in the California Legislature in state history.

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